I'll Stand By Your Side (Book 3)

Athena Black's seventh and final year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry brings more than she could ask for. Dolores Umbridge, The latest Defence Against the Dark arts teacher is beginning to take over the school in the Ministry of Magic's attempt to keep the news of Voldemort returning to power on the down low, and that doesn't settle well. Athena is the youngest member of The Order of The Phoenix and is determined to do the best she can to help, as long as she can stand by the sides of the ones she loves. (Book three to the Proud To Be series)

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Fred's POV

I watched Athena look worse and worse everyday, and seeing her start eating again was amazing. It means I have more time to do what I'm planning, and she won't hurt herself while I'm waiting for the right time. I watched her grow closer and closer to that Eliana girl and I couldn't help but feel a little jealous. They were always with each other and hanging off the others arms when they could and it got downright annoying.

"Stop staring, it's weird." George told me and I turned to look at him.

"Buts it's weird... Don't you find the two of them too close?" I ask, scowling.

"No, you only think that because you wish it was your arm Athena was holding on to." He said, barely even looking up at me.

"Maybe so, but look at them. They're practically attached to each other and they haven't even known each other for that long."

"Friendship is friendship, no matter how long you've known the person." He said, almost bored.

"But she's a Malfoy," I said in distaste, and I think I crossed a line.

"Since when did blood matter to you?" He asked, coldly, finally looking up at me."

"Well... I-"

"She was put in Gryffindor for a reason, and if you don't like 'a Malfoy' being her friend, I advise you to keep your mouth shut about it." He snapped.

"Look, I don't see why you're so upset with me-"

"You left her when you clearly didn't want to! You ruined her and your own life when there was so many better options, and instead of trying to fix it, you'd rather sit here and complain to me about how 'terrible' your life is going, while hers is 100 times worse! You promised her, and I have a strong dislike for liars." He eyed me before getting up and walking over to sit with the girl I'm still hopelessly in love with, and her new best friend.

Athena's POV

"Woah, you alright?" I asked George as he sat down beside me, clearly upset. I placed a hand on his upper arm and he relaxed a bit.

"Yeah I'm okay, don't worry." He sighed.

"Why aren't you sitting with your brother?"

"Don't even get me started on him." He rolled his eyes and I giggled.

"Finally realized how much of a toerag he was?"

"Something like that."

After joking around and laughing for a few minutes, I spoke up again. "Having you here made dinner positively better," I smiled and wrapped my arm around his shoulder. We were joking around and I was practically sitting on George's lap. It felt sort of wrong, but I didn't even care anymore. I was starting to get back to myself, slowly, but surely.

Then the irritating voice came from behind me that made me want to pull out my hair. "Hem hem," I turned around to see the toad-like face of Professor Umbridge.

"Yes?"

"You two are sitting too close, and if appreciate it if you'd move away from each other."

"If appreciate it if you left us alone." I snapped. She knew I didn't like her, and that's quite alright. She pressed her lips in a firm line and glared at me.

"You are head girl, Miss Black. I'd think your have a better behaviour than that," she said.

"And I'd think you'd realize that I don't give a damn by now." I said, turning away from her.

"Detention. For the rest of the week I expect you in my office by 6. No later or you'll earn yourself another detention." She spat and I smiles a sickly twisted smile and opened my mouth.

"See you there, you git."

***

"I must respect my superiors? Really professor? That's so unoriginal it hurts." I grimaced and stared at her, glaring at me.

"You'll learn to keep your mouth shut if you know what's good for you," she told me and I laughed a dry, humourless laugh.

"Firstly, I wouldn't respect you if it could save my life, mostly because you're in no way superior than me, scarring children like there's nothing wrong with it," I hissed "and secondly, I'll keep my mouth shut if I want, and right now is much rather tell you how unfit you are to be here. Or work for the ministry, even."

"Do it now, or I may have to expel you."

"Nice try, toad-face. I don't think Dumbledore would like that very much." I said and picked up the Blood quill and began writing without another word.

After two hours, she let me go. My hand was in pain but I never made a comment about it, and I think that annoyed her. There were tears if pain stinging my eyes as I returned to my dormitory and wrapped my hand in some bandages to stop the bleeding.

"Athena!" Eli ran in and hugged me. "Are you alright?" I shrugged.

"I'm fine, I got to insult her and that's all I care about." I grinned.

"Does it hurt?" She asked, nodding towards my hand.

"Not really." I lied. "Now let's do something, I don't have homework and I'm now even tired." I said and she took my hand and led me down to the common room.

"Chess?" She asked and I smiles.

"Sounds wonderful, my lovely companion." I sat in the chair by the fire, and she took the other one.

We played for a long time, before I finally became to tired to keep my eyes open. I yawned and Eli laughed at me, before picking me up and carrying me back up to my bed.

"Stay," I said as she tried to leave my dorm. She smiled and crawled into bed next to me, and pulled me closer to her. I laid my head on her chest and grinned lazily. "Goodnight, Malfoy."

She laughed and shook her head, pushing the long black hair away from my face and sighed. "Goodnight, Black."

"Love you," I added quickly.

"I love you too, Athena. Now to to sleep."

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